Recreation: Preschool Positions Preschool Head Teacher, Preschool Teacher, Preschool Assistant

City of Sunnyvale
25) per week $19 - $27 Per hour CA 665 W Olive Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, United States


Preschool Assistant

 (Casual Recreation Specialist - Job Code 9327)



Preschool Teacher 

(Casual Recreation Instructor I - Job Code 9522)

 $20.00 - $23.00

Preschool Head Teacher 

(Casual Recreation Instructor II - Job Code 9523)

 $23.00 - $27.95

Note: Casual non-benefited employees are limited to working no more than twenty-five (25) hours per week and no more than 900 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30). *Seasonal non-benefited employees are limited to working no more than six (6) consecutive months and no more than 900 hours in a fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
The City of Sunnyvale is seeking qualified, self-motivated individuals interested in working with young children in a part-time preschool environment.  Ages range from 3 to 5 years.  The program goals include: teaching children to listen and react, to follow directions, to learn to take turns and share, to build self-confidence, to become aware of the world and think creatively, to make new friends, and to understand basic academic principles, like recognizing shapes, colors, the alphabet, and numbers.  Staff will work in teams of two and share duties.

Essential Job Functions

Preschool Assistant
(may include, but are not limited to the following:)

  • Planning the day’s activities, including crafts
  • Assist in the arrangement and selection of special activities, events, and guest speakers.
  • Request, maintain and organize supplies.
  • Lead songs, games, crafts, activities, and stories
  • Communicate with children, parents, volunteers and supervisor.
  • Direct behavior and maintain order in class;
  • Help children understand patience, and learn to delay satisfaction and deal with conflict;
  • Teach socialization skills including sharing, manners and taking turns;
  • Maintain a clean, safe environment.
Preschool Teacher
All essential job functions of a Preschool Assistant plus the following: 
  • Co-teach with another Teacher in absence of Head Teacher
Preschool Head Teacher
All essential job functions of a Preschool Teacher plus the following: 
  • Serve as Site Lead for the assigned classroom.
  • Supervise Preschool Staff and Preschool Instructors working in their assigned classroom. 
  • Research, prepare and submit supply orders in timely manner;
  • Manage and maintain classroom supplies, equipment and furniture.
  • Prepare staff schedules and assist with identifying subs as needed.
  • Lead curriculum planning meetings with other preschool staff and mentor staff on curriculum preparation
  • Prepare class calendars for parents.
  • Prepare and maintain class documentation.
  • Ensure staff adhere to cleaning schedule.
  • Assist Coordinator with leading teacher learning day meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

Preschool Assistant 

  • Must be at least 18 years old and possess a HS diploma or GED;
  • 2 years or 2 summers experience working with young children;
  • Able to walk, run, dance, lift, crawl and have energy to keep up with a group of small children and lift up to 10 lbs.
  • Be reliable, positive, patient, understanding and caring with children;
  • Be flexible and able to respond to change;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Project a positive, professional image;
  • Good organization skills, a self-starter with problem solving skills and able to complete assignments on time;
  • Has or able to obtain First Aid and CPR certification. 
  • Experience in a classroom setting desirable.
Preschool Teacher 
All minimum qualifications of a Preschool Assistant plus the following:
  • 12 ECE (Early Childhood Education) units;
  • At least one year or summer of experience working in a classroom setting.
Preschool Head Teacher 
All minimum qualifications of a Preschool Teacher plus the following:
  • At least two years of experience working with children in a classroom setting.
  • 6 additional Early Childhood Education units (plus 12 ECE units required for preschool Teacher totaling 18 ECE units)
  • 2 ECE units of adult supervision and/or 24 total units desirable


Possession at time of hire and continued maintenance of a valid California Class C driver's license and a safe driving record.

Application and Selection Process

 If you are interested in these opportunities, please submit a City of Sunnyvale Employment application and responses to the supplemental questions to be considered for a position.
City application forms, completed in full, are required, as well as responses to the required supplemental questions.   Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City’s Employment page at   or application materials may be submitted to: Department of Human Resources, 505 West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. 


Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in further screening, which may include interviews and interactive assessment exercises. There are a limited number of positions and this job posting may close without notice. Employment is subject to change based on registration numbers.

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and information regarding next steps in the recruitment process will be sent via email. Please check your email regularly for status updates. You may contact Faye Brand, HR Technician at:  or 408-730-3015 for recruitment updates. 

 Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.
For more information regarding this employment opportunity, contact Rene Huerta at 408-730-7355 or email: .  The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.